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June 1932

THERAPEUTIC VENOUS OCCLUSION: ITS EFFECT ON THE BLOOD FLOW IN THE EXTREMITY IN ACUTE ARTERIAL OBSTRUCTION

Arch Surg. 1932;24(6):1016-1027. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160180126006
Abstract

Artificial or therapeutic obstruction to the venous return from an extremity in which the arterial supply has been accidentally interrupted has been increasingly adopted as a means of lessening the usual high incidence of gangrene and muscular disturbances. This procedure has been developed during the present century, and its history was very clearly presented by Brooks1 in his review of the subject in 1929. For the purposes of this paper it is sufficient to say that the clinical studies of Makins,2 Sehrt,3 and Propping4 and the experimental work of Drummond,5 Brooks and Martin,6 Holman and Edwards7 and others have been responsible for its widespread use in the treatment of patients with sudden occlusion of a healthy artery.

Such features of the clinical and experimental studies as have a bearing on my experimental work will be presented. The use of the procedure in chronic

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